Published: 01 April 2019

A week in the life of a biosciences student

From Biology lectures to lab sessions, discover what a typical week looks like for first-year biosciences students at Surrey.

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Typical timetable

The following timetable is a general example - for the latest module information, visit the Biosciences and Medicine subject page and select your degree programme.


  • 10am to 11am - Chemistry and Maths for Biosciences lecture
  • 12pm to 1pm - Microbial Growth and Genetics lecture 
  • 1pm to 2pm - Lunch by the lake 
  • 2pm to 5pm - Cell Biology Practical in the lab 
  • 5pm to 6pm - Bee decline in the UK lecture


  • 9am to 10am - Chemistry and Maths for Biosciences seminar
  • 11am to 12pm - Respiratory Infections lecture
  • 12pm to 12:30pm - Meet coursemates for picnic on the sofas in Hillside
  • 1pm to 2pm - Head to the Library and Learning Centre to work on assignment
  • 2pm to 3pm - Developments in Detection of Early Stage Cancer lecture
  • 3pm to 5pm - Back to the Library to continue assignment


  • 10am to 1pm - Learn how to use diagnostic equipment in a Practical Chemistry lab session
  • 1:30pm - Arrive home for lunch
  • 3pm to 4pm - Finish assignment

“I have so many good memories from my first year. I lived on the Manor Park campus and it was fantastic. Once you settle in, you realise everyone’s in the same boat and discover there’s an amazing community of students all around you.”

Matt Eastland-Jones, BSc Biological Sciences


  • 10am to 1pm - Microscopy and Identification of Fungi practical lab session
  • 12pm to 1pm - Cell Biology lecture
  • 1:30pm - Grab lunch at the International Food Market at the Students’ Union, then back to halls to prep for an essay
  • 5pm to 6pm - Personal Tutor group meeting


  • 9am to 12pm - Group study session to work on the production of Bioscience magazine
  • 12pm to 1pm - Cell Biology lecture
  • 2pm - Group study session in the Library, followed by essay work

Work hard, play hard

Outside of lectures and library sessions, there’s lots to do during your free time at Surrey.

Campus life

The Students’ Union lies at the heart of campus life. With over 100 sports clubs and societies on offer (such as the Biological Society), it’s bursting with opportunities for you to discover new interests, have fun and make friends. The Union nightclub, Rubix, is a popular choice for nights out, and our beautiful lakeside campus has plenty of places to get a coffee, drink or bite to eat.

"There are a lot of activities throughout the year in the form of clubs, societies and social events. I’m glad to be a part of such a vibrant student community."

Sanjana Bhaskar, Biomedical Science

Ten minutes to town

The campus is also a short ten-minute walk from Guildford town centre, home to over 70 pubs, bars and restaurants. From ice skating at Guildford Spectrum to watching a film at the Odeon, Guildford has plenty to offer when you’re looking for a well-earned break from your studies.

Further afield

From London to the coast, discover some of the places our students like to visit during their free time at University.

Learn more about our biosciences degrees and read what our students have to say about life at Surrey to discover why we were named ‘Best University for Student Experience’ by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

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